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A Comparison of Educational Blogging Platforms

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Richard Byrne provides a comparision chart comparing five blogging platforms in eight key elements in this post. If you are considering starting a blog for yourself or your students this post will provide information that may help you in making the best decision.


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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, January 10, 1:35 PM

Useful comparison chart. 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 11, 2:15 PM

The chart compares eight key elements of five common blogging platforms.

You can download this chart as a PDF through this Box.com link or click here to see it as a Google Document.

carldowse's curator insight, January 25, 5:23 AM

A useful guide for choosing the tool that fits your teaching context and learners' needs.

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Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

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This year, I admitted a hard truth to myself. I wasn't having my students write enough. In an attempt to follow Kelly Gallagher’s advice that students should write more than we can assess, I decided

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What I Wish I Knew The First Year of Blogging: Part II

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I hope you enjoyed part one of what I learned the first year.

 

The original post was packed with so much information that I had to break it down into two parts or otherwise risk being labeled as verbose as Nitty.

 

The following are the remainder of the tips I learned the first year of blogging.

 

Take action. Do a little bit everyday.

 

It is easy to get caught up in reading, learning and planning on the internet. Plan away but if you don’t take action then you will get nowhere. If you don’t know where to start, then break your blog down into baby steps.

 

Take a week to map out your niche, then the next to map out what you want to include in your site? The following to come up with a logo and tagline and so on. You may need less than a week for each task.


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11 Uncommon Blog Post Ideas for More Web Traffic

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A really great blog post can bring a flood of visitors to your website when people who read your post share it with the world.

 

The best way to create a potentially viral blog post is to experiment with lots of different types of blog posts and to observe what has worked for other blogs.

 

Below I’m going to share 11 blog post ideas you can use to get more traffic. These ideas each came by examining popular posts from some of my favorite blogs. These posts became some of the most popular posts on some incredibly popular blogs. There’s no guarantee they’ll work the same for you, but try several of them and you might just make a breakthrough...

 

Caution: there is a very strong word or two in here. Reader discretion is advised. -JL


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A Complete Guide to Using Blogger In School - 81 Page Free PDF ~ Free Technology for Teachers

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by Richard Byrne

 

"A Complete Guide to Using Blogger In School covers everything from blogging terminology to blogging activities to the nuts and bolts of using Blogger. You'll learn where to find media to use in blog posts, how to use media in blog posts, and get ideas for media-based blog posts. You'll also learn how to set-up your blog for multiple authors and how to manage comments."

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The 14 Best WordPress Plugins for Social Media and SEO for 2012

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The New Year is a great time to either start a brand new blog or revamp your exiting website. One of the ways to improve your blog in 2012 is by using plugins that make it more social media optimized and SEO friendly.

 

Having the right plugins can give you an edge over other blogs and can also assist you in gaining the extra functionality you need for your WordPress-powered site, especially if social media is an important part of your marketing strategy. Let’s have a look at the top plugins that I recommend you utilize in 2012. There’s a few new plugins in the mix together with several plugins that I recommended in my Best 2011 WordPress Plugins for Social Media and SEO that you’ll want to reference if you haven’t done so.

 

Social Media WordPress Plugins for 2012


There are many ways to utilize the power of social media to help spread the word about your blog posts. The 3 essential types of plugins you need to have here that I cover below are social sharing, social commenting, and integrating Twitter:

 

Read more: http://windmillnetworking.com/2012/01/10/best-wordpress-plugins-social-media-seo-2012/


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TuristicaCO's comment, January 17, 2012 10:03 AM
nice Thnaks
Martin Gysler's comment, January 18, 2012 10:19 AM
Thank you Chuck and your welcome Lino :-)
Martin Gysler's comment, January 18, 2012 10:19 AM
You're welcome TuristicaCO :-)
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Content Creation vs Content Curation: Is It Really An Either Or?

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There is no curation without original content. However, curators can expand the readership and help their niche find meaning and insight in the material as it relates to them. 

 

There is too much information. The author explains that the real power of content marketing lies in the orginal content creation. Mixing curated content with your original content builds authority. There is a video "Is Your Content Good Enough To Be Curated"? That's where it is for all of us that write. Why would anyone curate my post?

 

Commentary first written by Jan Gordon "Covering Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond" and I adapted her commentary.

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/w104L6]


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 16, 2011 3:37 PM
Thanks for this article. I agree with you that it isn't an either/or - you need to curate to create good quality content.